BJP slams Shakeel Ahmed for his tweet

BJP attacked Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed for his tweet that 2002 Gujarat riots led to Indian Mujahideen`s creation, saying none should justify "murders" or "help enemies of the nation".

Updated: Jul 21, 2013, 19:26 PM IST

Chennai: BJP on Sunday attacked Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed for his tweet that it was the 2002 Gujarat riots that led to creation of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, saying none should justify the "murders" or "help the enemies of the nation".
"It is a stupid argument. Pakistan had been funding these outfits so please desist from helping enemies of the country.... Too much of tweeting will lead to quitting," BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu told reporters here.

"Indian Mujahideen was formed after Gujarat riots, says NIA in its chargesheet. Even now BJP and RSS will not desist from their communal politics? This (2002 riots) was the reason behind creation of Indian Mujahideen. If they foresake their communal politics, outfits like IM will cease to exist," Ahmed said on microblogging site Twitter.

"So the communal politics of BJP has led to a chain reaction. They should give up such politics," Ahmed said.

To a query on China`s alleged attempts to encroach on Inidan territory, Naidu said "After the talks, the Chinese agreed to go back and so did the Indian side. India has agreed to withdraw from India?," he asked.

Asked to state BJP`s stand on FDI in the defence sector, he said government should first announce the cap in the sector and that nothing could be said now.

"With regard to FDI in pension and insurance sectors, we will support the Standing Committee of the Finance Ministry and not the government," he said.

He also charged Congress with using CBI for "political gains" and said the probe agency has lost its credibility. "CBI is notoriously known for pursuing the line taken by government. It is being used against the political opponents," he said.

Despite "direct evidence" in the case of former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in the railway bribery case, CBI had not been able to arrest the Congress leader, he said.

Naidu challenged the ruling Congress-led UPA for a
national debate on the performances of their government compared to that of the NDA regime.

"I challenge the Prime Minister and his cabinet ministers to come for a national debate to review the performance of the UPA and NDA regimes" he said.

Recalling Manmohan Singh`s recent comments where he hit out at his political critics on his government`s performance, saying it makes for good television but presents a very distorted picture and they were focusing only on one bad year, he said, "It is not only last year but the last nine and-a-half years which have been bad under Congress rule. Projects worth USD 550 billion have been stalled in this government`s rule."

He pointed out that major investors like Arcelor Mittal and Posco have withdrawn their projects in India and investors were rushing to other countries to invest.

The UPA government has also not given any explanation for current account deficit (CAD) or fiscal deficit as it has "trust deficit", the BJP leader added.